Editors Note: Starting with issue #43, the Horse's Mouth column is now posted two parts, about two weeks apart.
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Kevsta: 'How do you do it - every time I see you on a gig you look like you're enjoying it!' I am - (see above) and the Rant bands are mates and fun to be with apart from their prowess!
Richard Wilson: 'American Music' We'll see, we'll see.
Tony Vativalos loves the DVD - goes on about it. Thanks, Tony.
Virginia: Sorry. No St. Louis at the moment.
Jet Boy, Sweden - Please! We're looking at next spring, but I don't know yet.
Andy Allison: Edinburgh made his day/night/week/year/life. (Good that) No plans for an autobiography. Already dealt with unreleased stuff earlier. Am I currently writing new material. Well, I would be if Mastro didn't interrupt me with gigs all the time! What inspires? Anything, everything. I like 'The Streets'. I wouldn't mind doing something like that. Make a change and piss everybody off! Do I keep in touch with the Ronson family. Yup. 'You must be proud of Tracie - her CD is brilliant.' She's looking and sounding good. We just left London a couple of days ago.
John H: Wearing out 'Strings' DVD. This will come out in the U.S. I know the label but now we're down to the final bits contract wise. It takes forever.
Rick Graves: That's it for now.
Hope Campbell: Now you see - you've jumped the gun.
Karl (of the boonies): How did Manilow come to do 'Ships'? Clive Davis was a big fan of the song and played it to Manilow. Presidents of the USA recorded 'Cleveland Rocks' for Drew Carey. I don't know whose choice that was but it was OK with me. There are many covers - too many to list. David Letterman's show pays. Publishing companies check things out.
Dave Nagy-Canada: The girl where he ordered Mott's 30th Anniversary from (currently selling very nicely I'm informed by Sony UK) told him, 'You know this MTH is an 'underground' thing and doesn't sell nearly as much as Britney Spears.' He says she was gorgeous too! All beauty - no brains. The great leaden proletariat!!
Jay C: 'Hello, Mr. Hunter. I was just reading through your Horse's Mouth column when I came upon the bit about 'Fear Factor' - my sentiments exactly. Those pathetic bastards, degrading themselves by eating the most revolting filth imaginable for a chance of a relative pittance (and for the black amusement of Shecky)... enough to give anyone dry heaves. The venom who run the media have led the sheep to this sort of cultural manure not all at once, but incrementally, so as to wear down their senses of taste and propriety - although this process has been accelerated to warp speed of late. As for my personal knowledge of your music - I must confess it's minimal (I do love ATHD - a classic tune that). I'll have to rectify the situation. I can, however, say this much about you with certainty - you're one of the coolest looking rockers ever to strap on a six string - and that's important!' Well, first off it's the 'living most revolting filth imaginable' that have my sympathy. They probably have a more sophisticated societal set up than we have. Secondly, I'm just not sure about the back end at all.
Dave Marin wonders if MTH has been approached by VH1. Doubt it - 'too underground.'
Chris Carter produced 'Mayor of Sunset Strip' I saw that in Blockbuster - I'll have to get it now! Chris did a review of the MTH Live for 'Creem on-line' which he sends me. It ends with 'Creem don't give no grades but I do A+'. Great review (Mott's 30th Anniversary). Thanks for that, Chris. I like it too. Have a look at this chaps. It's great. The last line - I have on very good authority - is true. [ Justin's note - Chris Carter's review can be found here ]
Pete Jordan: Why no Dirty Laundry songs in the live set? There's lots of songs we haven't done. If one comes to mind, we'll do it. A set kind of makes its own shape.
brianb: Don't know who that is.
Gina Victorino: Re: 'Standing In My Light' - glad to have been of service!'
Stu: Hoboken gig is sold out.
John Clark: 'Write your autobiography if you've got writers block.' What, and run out completely?
Pete Neffs: We'll see.
Peejay: 'WHY DO YOU CALL YOUR PLACE HUNTER TOWERS?' Peejay always asks questions in capitol letters which for some reason scares the hell out of me. So you can fantasize!
Franjo: 'Who Do You Love' in set list? Well, it's been in and out over the years.
Starski: Not bad. I'll write it down. You're not going to come back on me, are you? Like it.
Joe: Depressing, isn't it. Northampton 17th; Shrewsbury 18th. It's early. I had a song called, 'The Other Man'. As I heard it - this was from two lawyers - we pulled TOM from an Everly Brothers album because we were told that Willie was doing it. Willie was then reputed to have recorded it not once, but twice (once as a duet). As far as I know, neither of these tracks were released. This was all lawyer information. On the other had, he's supposed to have a barn full of unreleased material, so you never know. Your guess is as good as mine. My only thing is I love the Everly Brothers! Do I play golf? Nope.
Ronnie P. loves the site. Heard Max Weinberg doing Memphis on Conan. Conan asked him if it was T. Rex and Max corrected him. Ah well.
John Marlatt: 'How do you rate 'All of the Good Ones Are Taken' and 'Short Back 'n' Sides'? It was very different for me at the time - so of course it got bashed. Not sure about AOTGO - don't think we nailed that properly.
Phil Sanchez: See - pros!! Give Paul my regards.
Tom McGarry: Hello, Catriona (Tom's 19 year old daughter). She likes 'Irene Wilde' and she loved the Garage in Glasgow. 'Are there any artist/groups who you would not guest with on principle?' I like odd things at this stage in the game. There's a ton of people I don't like, but fortunately they don't ask!
Vyt Iskeliunas - Don't worry about it!
Ed Marentette: Nice one, Ed.
Chuck Farrell: 'Should we expect a Sinatra cover in Hoboken?' Maybe.
Jim Dworman: Not a fan of that track.
Joe Cataldo: See this is the thing with attorneys. You do something for them and they want more. No, you can't sing 'Irene Wilde' with me in Chicago. JEEZ.
Carol Petraitis: I'm doing what's up there on the site.
Craig Frank: All is forgiven! That's what gigs are for!
Gino: Played with Steve Marriott. I was on the mike. Steve was about 30 feet away to just get the balance! Never with Ronnie Lane (lovely man).
Christophe Blackwelder: 'Do 'great' songwriters consciously realize just how superior their talent and art are, or are they just as surprised and pleased as the fans are?' I can only speak for myself here. It's bloody hard work at times but it is a gift. I don't know who gave it me, but thanks.
John Kessler loves 'Rant'. In a band himself. Keep it going, John.
Uncle Harry: Trying to find out how to get me to Australia. We're look at it.
Jeffrey: Did you keep Hope's questions? She's moaning at me, but I know I answered them. I'm sure I did the Hope questionnaire.
Mike Butterworth: Glad you were there!
Allan Stromquist: Still trying to get the west coast together. Need a couple more to make any sense.
Ian Taggart: Ian was named after moi. He's 12 now. Your name, Ian, is gaelic for John - a gift from God, no less! Enjoy it.
That's it for now. I'm off to rehearse. I'm somewhat jet lagged.